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Elevators

Most multi-tenant buildings use elevators to transport people and goods to and from various floors, such as garages, lobbies, and the floors above. They are part of the access path, and by supporting elevators Kisi can securely cover most access paths in their entirety.

Kisi Reader on elevator
Kisi Reader inside an elevator

You can create an elevator through the API using a curl call like this one:

curl 'https://api.kisi.io/elevators' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \
-H 'Authorization: KISI-LOGIN {authentication_token}' \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--data-raw '{"elevator":{"name":"New elevator","description":"My new elevator","type":"classic"},"place_id":8610}'

Check out all the Elevator endpoints you can use at Elevators.

After creating the elevator, you need to specify what floors the elevator will stop on. You will need to create a floor and as many elevator stops as you need. Each elevator stop can be created using a curl call like the following:

curl 'https://api.kisi.io/elevator_stops' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \
-H 'Authorization: KISI-LOGIN {authentication_token}' \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--data-raw '{"elevator_stop":{"elevator_id":145,"floor_id":520},"place_id":8610}'

All the ElevatorStop endpoints are listed at Elevator Stops. For the GroupElevatorStop endpoints, check out Group Elevator Stops.

There are two types of elevators that Kisi supports:

TypeDescriptionCompatibility
Relay Based ElevatorsLegacy or simpler elevators use buttons inside the elevator car to send the elevator to specified floors.✅ Natively supported
Dispatch Based ElevatorsDispatch based elevators offer terminals in the elevator hall on every floor that direct to an elevator based on the specified floor.✅ Supported with Braxos gateway

Relay based elevators
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This type of elevator is used in small or legacy setups. Here, the user needs to press the button of the floor the user wants to reach inside the elevator car. With the Kisi elevator solution, the (Kisi controlled) buttons are initially disabled and the user cannot send the elevator to any of the access control restricted floors.

To gain access, the user has to present their credential (e.g. card or phone) at the Kisi Reader. The Kisi Reader then communicates with the Kisi Controller to enable the buttons of the floors that the user is authorized to reach. The user may then press the button to send the elevator car to the desired floor. If the user's credentials are valid and at least one floor is authorized, the reader will present positive feedback, otherwise, the reader will present negative feedback.

In summary:

  1. Every floor has a button inside the elevator car
  2. To press a (Kisi controlled) button, the user needs to present valid credentials to the Kisi Reader inside the elevator car
  3. On positive feedback, the user may press the button of the desired floor to send the elevator car there
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Please note that depending on the elevator make and model, buttons may or may not light up once enabled and/or pressed.

Installation#

  • For every elevator car, one Kisi Reader Pro is required.
  • For every four elevator stops, one Kisi Controller Pro is required. Up to five Kisi Controller Pros can be used together for one elevator (i.e. with a Kisi Controller Pro 1.x, up to 20 elevator stops can be served).
Elevator cabin
Elevator control room

If internet connectivity is not available inside the elevator car, a Retrofitting setup should be used including standalone media converters.

Infrastructure - Elevators - Wiring Alternative 1

If an Ethernet port is availabe inside the elevator car, use this alternative.

Infrastructure - Elevators - Wiring Alternative 2

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Please ensure that the reader is not obstructed by placing it behind glass or aluminum inside the elevator car for the following reasons. One, the user may not be able to see or hear reader feedback indicating granted or denied. Two, tap to unlock and cards may not perform well through such materials.

Dispatch based elevators#

This type of elevator is used in modern, medium to large setups with multiple adjacent elevators. Here, the user needs to press the button of the floor the user wants to reach outside the elevator car on a terminal display usually placed at the front of the elevator hall. The terminal then directs the user to one of the elevators. With the Kisi elevator solution, (Braxos) access control restricted buttons are not initially enabled/visible.

To gain access, the user has to present their credential (e.g. card or phone) at the Kisi Reader next to the terminal. The Kisi Reader then communicates with the terminal (indirectly through Braxos) to enable/display buttons for authorized floors. The user may then press one of the buttons, upon which the terminal directs the user to an appropriate elevator (door).

In summary:

  1. Every floor and its group of adjacent elevator stops has a terminal with buttons for every floor
  2. To press a (Braxos controlled) button on the terminal, the user needs to present valid credentials to the Kisi Reader next to the terminal
  3. On positive feedback, the user may press the button of the desired floor and is directed to an appropriate elevator

Installation#

The Sales department has a partnership with Braxos. Please consult them at sales@getkisi.com for installation.

Configuration#

Support for elevator configuration for both relay and dispatch based elevators will soon be available. For now, please reach out to product-management-team@kisi.io.

Limitations#

  • For elevators that are natively installed (using Kisi Controller relays), the number of elevator stops per elevator is limited to 100.
  • Scheduled unlocks and lockdowns are currently not supported for elevator stops but will be added in a later release.
  • The admin of the place will be able to see when the user has used the elevator in the events, but will not be able to see which floor the user has been to (if the user has access to several floors).